Climbing at Point Perp

Climbing at Point Perp

October this year started with a long weekend. I sorted a big holiday house down the coast in Currarong, near Jervis Bay, and a bunch of 10 of us spent the weekend down there. Matt and I headed down on Friday night, and he made me stop on the way at McDonalds for a create your own burger. I hate fast food and can’t’remember the last time I went to McDonalds, but Matt was pretty enthusiastic about it so I gave in and said i’d give it a go. The touchscreen where you make your burger was quite good. The burger accompaniments were quite tasty, but unfortunately it was the same soggy greasy too salty chips and thin grey burger that tastes like cardboard.

Over the long weekend we went climbing twice and Point Perp which is seacliffs. The climbing was good, and I did a record 7 routes over the two days. We even spotted a whale out at sea, a some big schools of fish jumping out the water. On the second day we saw some people doing some high-lining over the water which was fun to watch as well. We went to the beach both days as well, and it was so hot I even went for a proper swim in the sea. We had two epic giant BBQs, plus some bacon and egg BBQ breakfasts. Of course lots of games were played as well, including Liar Dice, many rounds of Werewolf One Night and the Australian version of Cards Against Humanity. 

Sheep Cake

Sheep Cake

The following weekend was the Rockies annual Sheep Roast and climbing weekend in the Wolgan Valley. The Wolgan comes with a ‘wombat guarantee’, and sure enough we spotted quite a few on the drive up. Everyone brings some food to share, so I decided to make a sheep themed cake for the event. He had marshmallows for fur and was chocolate on the inside. Pretty tasty if I say so myself!  Matt went climbing on the Saturday while I helped roast the sheep, which takes all day. We had fun and games with little almost three year old Jack, playing in the river and with his diggers and a frisbee. There were lots of roos at the campsite too which kept me entertained. I tried my hand at unicycling too, which is pretty hard! Of course in the evening we had a giant fire.

Wet in Tigersnake canyon

Wet in Tigersnake canyon

On the Sunday we went off for the first canyon of the season, Tigersnake. It was very cool with lots of tight squeezes and some good abseils –  although was fairly short so the fun was over quickly. The walk in was through the Gardens of Stone NP which had some pretty interesting weird rock formations. We picked this canyon because it was allegedly mainly dry, although it wasn’t! Andrew our tall friend abseiled into one pool up to the middle of his thighs, so I was fairly sure I was going to get my pants wet – not what I wanted to happen! I was fairly pleased when I managed to ab in and avoid getting my pants wet, but then when I was talking back to get off the rope, I tripped, fell over and got soaked up to my chest – fail! It was good fun though, and happily we didn’t get trapped by any aggressive tiger snakes.

Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks

The following weekend we had some city adventures. On the Saturday we went for an explore around Hyde Park Barracks which was where a lot of convicts used to live, and was later used for different things. We had a pretty funny tour guide, and did the audio tour after. For $10 we spent about 3 hours there, so it was good value. After we went for some food at the night noodle markets in Hyde Park, include some mini burgers with noodles and rice on the outsides of them instead of buns.

Noddle burgers

Noddle burgers

On the Sunday we went on a tall ship cruise on the Harbor. We got a good deal via groupon, which included the cruise, plus a buffet lunch and an open bar. After a cloudy start it was a nice sunny afternoon and it was cool looking around the old ship.

The Tall Ship

The Tall Ship

in October I organised a Rockies social to the Reel Rock Film Festival. We had some nice Lebanese food first and then watched a series of climbing films, including about the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia. They also opened the outdoor swimming pool on the business park at work, so I’ve been going for some lunchtime swims and already have a pretty funny tan mark on my back.

Free hugs!

Free hugs!

My friend Kristy from Surrey ran a stall at Glebe Markets for promoting gratitude, so I went along and helped out giving out free hugs. I was fairly reluctant at first as I always run away from the free hig people, thinking they’re slightly scary. But, once i got into it it was really good. We gave out a lot of free hugs, and there were no weird creepy men – yay!

Cocktails at the Shangri-La

Cocktails at the Shangri-La

At the end of the month we had my friend from Southampton, Ellie, visit. We did our PhD’s together, and she was en route via Australia for a work trip to Fiji! Ellie has been to stay with us three times now, so she;s officially our most frequent visitor. We went for a cocktail in the Sangri-La hotel bar, 36 floors up, with some good views of the Harbour. After there we went on a ferry ride for some more cocktails and pizza on the Island Bar at Cocktaoo Island. The bar was nice right on the water, although also pretty windy.

Windy ferry ride to Cockatoo Island

Windy ferry ride to Cockatoo Island

The next day we went with Captain Andrew sailing around the Harbour. We went up river to the west, and then down towards the bridge and around Cockatoo Island. We moored up for a swim and picnic lunch by Berrys Bay, and made it all the way around without getting rained on (the forecast was a bit dodgy). I managed to slice open my foot swimming when I kicked some oysters, so had to do some first aid on myself. I’m hobbling around now but hopefully it’ll heal up soon.

Swimming in Berrys Bay

Swimming in Berrys Bay

Sailing on the Harbour - just after Ellie's hat blew away!

Sailing on the Harbour – just after Ellie’s hat blew away!

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